- Redding had his second successive rough outing Saturday against the Marlins, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits in four innings-plus. After a solid six innings in his first start, Redding now has allowed 13 earned runs in his two subsequent starts, encompassing 8 2/3 innings. Now he returns to Washington, his baseball home for the 2007 and 2008 season. He produced a 6-7 record and 5.61 ERA in 18 starts and 94 2/3 inning in Nationals Park last season. Josh Willingham has a .385 average and two home runs in 13 career at-bats against Redding.
- Facing the Nationals (14-37) may help the Mets. New York has won 12 of the last 15 meetings, going 5-2 in the nationâ€™s capital.
- The Mets swept Washington in a three-game set from May 25-27, improving to 5-1 this year against the NL East rivals with all the games played in New York.
- Shairon Martis’ troubles with his command finally cost him with his first loss of the season Saturday against the Phillies. Martis took a 3-1 lead into the third inning, but gave up two hits and a walk to load the bases and then surrendered a grand slam to Ryan Howard. Martis finished the night with two walks and one strikeout in four innings, allowing seven runs. He threw just 42 strikes in 71 pitches. In Martis’ last four starts, he’s walked 10 batters with just seven strikeouts, and in his last 16 innings he’s allowed 17 earned runs.
- The Nationals are mired in a 4-20 stretch that includes a 3-11 home record. They lost twice Thursday, falling 5-1 to San Francisco as Randy Johnson became the 24th pitcher to win 300 games, and followed that with a 4-1 defeat after rain halted the contest in the sixth.The rookie right-hander lasted just four innings Saturday, allowing seven runs and seven hits, including two homers, in a 9-6 loss at Philadelphia.Martis didnâ€™t fare well in his only career start against the Mets on Sept. 17, getting reached for six runs and five hits – three homers – in three innings of a 9-7 home loss.